“Going green” isn’t simply some fickle fad. It’s a critical investment in the future of our planet. And hey, we do the best we can, right? We buy our produce at the local farmers’ market, we recycle, we shop for hybrid cars. But still there are eco hazards all around us, perhaps even right beneath our feet. Here’s a pop quiz: Do you know what your carpet fibers consist of? They may be polluting your indoor air with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as we speak. Yikes.
How to Shop for Eco-Friendly Rugs
But there is good news. One of the easiest ways in which you can help to green your home is by shopping for eco-friendly rugs. Now obviously this can be a bit tricky, because if you head down to your local home improvement store, you don’t always know what goes into those carpet fibers. If you want to find the best custom area rugs that will brighten up your home without polluting your precious air, you need to be a savvy shopper.
What to Look for in Area Rugs
If you’re ready to revolutionize your interior design with gorgeous, environmentally sound area rugs, there are certain things you need to look out for. This means that you might have to do a bit of sleuthing, ask questions and read between the lines, but when armed with the proper knowledge, anyone can find the perfect eco-friendly rugs. Here are some important things to consider:
- Is the carpet made from renewable plant or animal fibers? When researching carpets, look for key words like “natural,” “renewable,” “organic” and “biodegradable.” For instance, sisal carpets are made from firm natural agave fibers, while wool carpets offer a combination of comfort, style and sustainability. Organic cotton, seagrass and coir also make for great natural carpeting.
- Smell the carpeting. This may sound odd, but bear with me. A lot of people are crazy about that “new carpet” smell, but what you’re actually ingesting are the toxic VOCs, which are released as gases into the atmosphere. To give you a bit of perspective, VOCs are the same compounds that give mold its musty odor. So if the carpet smells too good to be true, just run away.
- Take time to learn about the rug manufacturer and retailer. Is the company committed to sustainability? Are the product descriptions transparent about the use of specific fibers, chemicals and manufacturing processes? If you can’t find specific information about whether or not the fibers are actually safe, this is always a bad sign. When companies take the time to create beautiful, natural area rugs, they make it known. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if necessary.
Shopping for Eco-Friendly Area Rugs
If you still find the notion of eco-friendly carpet shopping to be overwhelming, you can rest easy knowing that there are a growing number of companies that are specifically committed to the cause of bringing better natural carpeting to the marketplace. You can find a wealth of gorgeous, fully customizable area rug options from companies like Natural Area Rugs, which make it easier than ever to get the best without compromising your conscience. So add a touch of style to your home, and win one for Mother Earth in the process.
At Natural Area Rugs we love rugs and are always looking for new and inventive ways to spruce up a room. Whether it’s adding accent rugs to make a small room look larger or allowing our shoppers to customize their rugs so their rug will truly be one of a kind.
We specialize in natural fiber rugs and sell everything from seagrass rugs to wool rugs, shag rugs, to sisal rugs. We even sell rug pads and carpet stair treads. But we don’t stop there. If you ever have any questions our customer service representatives are always just a phone call or email away to help you decide the best look for your living room or if your new bamboo rug looks better in your kitchen or dining room.
So without further ado we want to tell you about a new trend that’s taking over homes across the country, one that is easy and affordable and looks really nifty and cool. Chances are you’ve heard about “layering rugs” and the name says it all. Layering rugs is basically when you layer rugs on top of each other in different angles. For example; if you have a rug that is rectangular, you may want to put a round rug on the left hand corner of the rectangular rug or another rectangular rug at the top right hand corner. This will add texture to the room as well as color and artistry that the room may not otherwise have had.
When layering rugs there are a few important things you’d like to keep in mind. First; decide what look you want to go for. For one, pick rugs that have the same color and pattern scheme so it’s not too jarring when placed on top of each other. Natural fiber rugs tend to be neutral in color so placing a more vibrant rug on top can breathe life into an otherwise dull room.
Rugs are useful for many reasons; they are stain-resistant, sound absorbent, and often times fire-retardant. But they also tell a thing or two about the rug owner. Pick rugs that speak to you and are a great expression of yourself and your family. If you don’t like stripes, don’t get a striped rug. If you find a cute rug that you love, but it’s not big enough, try placing it over a larger neutral colored rug.
These are just some of the ways you can layer your rugs at home. Remember make sure that the rugs go together before you just pair them. Layered rugs that add vibrant colors and textures add to the room. Layered rugs that are frumpy and don’t go well with each other take away from the room. If you are unsure, get a second opinion.
One of our customer, Chandler Quarles, recently redesigned her Living Room with one of our rugs! Check out photos and excerpt of her blog post below:
Trieste Jute Rug
After quite a bit of research, I realized that Jute would be my softest option and have the look I wanted. I looked all over the web and at a few stores, and it was a bit of a challenge to find something that fit all the descriptors.
Finally, I found this rug at NaturalAreaRugs.com. It came in just the right size, was just the look I was going for, and with the $50 off coupon code they were running, it came in at $119 with free shipping. The perfect price! I also read great things about the expediency and quality from Natural Area Rugs. So I took the plunge and pressed the button.
And in just a few days, I unrolled our rug, and it was love! The perfect way to warm up the space just in time for the cooler months.
Trieste Jute Rug
Author: Chandler Quarles